Results Now Posted!


Results from the Kalamalka Crossing are posted.  ** Subject to final corrections **

Click here for Kal Classic results

2017 Royalty:
Queen of Kalamalka: Tamlyn Bohm, Kelowna
King of Kalamalka: Jason Bennett, Vancouver
Jr. Queen of Kalamalka: Emma Peterson, Coldstream
Jr. King of Kalamalka: Ian Dunlop, Kelowna

2018 Kalamalka Classic – August 25-26th


We are moving next year’s Kalamalka Classic off of the Long Weekend to August 25 & 26th.  And yes!, back to the 2-day Festival format with the Rail Trail Recreational Run, Wikiholo, Keikiholo and the 9th Annual Kalamalka Crossing.

10 Miles of Scenic SUP


Be part of Canada’s iconic Bucket list SUP Races – The 8th Annual Kalamalka Crossing.   A scenic 10-mile trek across the full length of the colourful lake.  Do it for the exercise, for the challenge, or race it to beat the clock and a shot at King and Queen of Kalamalka Title.

Where do you fit in?
You can choose between crossing the lake for the pure fun of doing it or race across to beat the clock.   There are categories for Open (Recreational) and Competitive paddlers. (Open is divided into age groups)

Think you can’t do it?  Think again – here’s some inspiration:

  • Stuart Robinson of Comox crossed in a time of 1:42:06 (Fastest male)
  • Lina Augaitis of Vancouver crossed in a time of 1:44:39 (Fastest female)
  • 13 year old Mia Wheatley crossed in a time of 2:32
  • Amanda Uhlmer crossed on her old windsurf board in a time of 3:26

View all of the details here:

10 Festive Reasons


If you have already attended the Kal Classic, then you’ll find a few more reasons to return to the 8th annual Festival. If you haven’t had the chance to do the ‘Kal Classic’, here are 10 fresh reasons to join us this year.  Pick n’ choose!

  1. Kalamalka Lake – Enjoy a weekend of padding and play on one of Canada’s most scenic lakes.  Find out what Malka actually means….
  2. Kalamalka Crossing – The 10 mile scenic trek across the length of the lake.
  3. Prizes and Prize Money – Tons of prizes from sponsors for all events and prize money for the King and Queen of Kalamalka.
  4.  Eats and Treats-Kick back after the day’s events and some tasty food, music and good times.
  5. Meet new paddlers – It’s a great chance to connect the ever growing community of paddlers where you’ll meet folk from across Canada and the US.
  6. Kid Friendly – There are a variety of events on Saturday just for kids including the Keiki Holo Kids race.
  7.  Get educated! The Society for the Protection of Kalamalka Lake and Okanagan and Similkameen Invasive Species Society will be on-site to help educate us about the threats to our lake and other waterways.
  8. (New!) Red Paddle Dragon SUP Showdown – Saturday afternoon is all about fun. A 4-Person Team event that will get everyone on and off their feet.
  9. Enjoy the sights and sounds of Vernon – There’s lots to do in the region including a variety of family-friendly places. Visit Original Joe’s Restaurant and Martens Brew Pub and check out Davison’s Orchard, Planet Bee, Silver Star Mtb Park, Sparking Hill, Predator Ridge Golf and even Oyama Zipline.
  10. Demo Zone – Try out new boards and paddles from Starboard, Twin Fish and more
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Register early and Relax


** Update **
Congratulations to Sarah Lewis of Burnaby BC – She’s our Winner.

We’re serving up a contest for everyone who registers for the 8th Kalamalka Classic SUP Festival online or at the shop on or before the 20th of August. One lucky winner gets a FREE NIGHT at SPARKLING HILL RESORT (with no blackout dates).413-3141131230cc46e25350bdc7ce41c824

No fine print, no crazy rules, just a nice incentive to register early and then have a really great chance to enjoy their amazing resort.

Register Here Now!

The less-than-sticky rules:

  • Must register by 11:59 pm, Sunday, August 20, 2017
  • Draw Date: At the Kal Classic
  • Does not include registrations for the Dragon SUP Event
  • * All currently registered racers are included
  • ** Each person is considered an entry into the draw

Sparkling Hill Resort

Sparkling Hill Resort, built in 2010, is the premier wellness resort spa destination in North America. Offering 149 luxury rooms and penthouses, 40,000 sq. ft. of state-of-the-art health facilities at KurSpa, and a breathtaking setting on Lake Okanagan, Sparkling Hill Resort offers a range of amenities and services that is unprecedented in North America. By combining a European-style approach to wellness hospitality with cutting-edge crystal architecture and state-of-the-art spa facilities, Sparkling Hill in Canada provides guests with an extraordinarily unique destination spa resort experience.

New Team Event Announced!


New Event for 2017! This is a TEAM stand up paddle board race that will take place after the Keiki Holo Kids Race on Saturday. Paddlers will compete in teams of four on 22 ft stand up paddle boards in head-to-head races with the fastest teams advancing.
** Clarification on the Championship in Barbados ** Any teams of four battling it out at the Kalamalka Classic are qualified to race at the DRAGON WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS.

Paddlers must register as a team of four in one of two divisions:
Competitive (Co-ed) – $100 (PRIZE MONEY).
Mixed Bag (Co-ed)-  $60 (PRIZES AND FUN)

Approx Start Time: 2:30pm, Saturday September 2
Location: Kalamalka Lake Beach (West Side)

The 22 ft Dragon SUP, paddle, and PFDs will all be provided as part of your registration.

Prizes for other RANDOMNESS

Meet the Queen


Vancouver’s Shannon Bell has earned herself two Queen of Kalamalka Crowns since the Kal Classic started in 2010.  She’s coming off one of her best seasons yet but an injury has stalled her momentum.  We think she’ll bounce back quickly with a chance to retain her crown.  Here’s your chance to meet the Queen of Kalamalka and find out what fuels her passion for all things SUP and family.

  1.  You have a very active family – Tell us about what life is like with the four of you.

Life is great with the four of us. We just did a few SUP surf trips to Tofino for both the boys birthdays. Our kids are old enough now to carry their own boards and sup surf on their own. It is so much fun being able to do an activity together that we all love.

As a family we are always doing something outdoors: stand-up paddling, biking, swimming, hiking,or playing ball sports in the back yard.

  1.  What is an average Shannon kind of day?

At this time of year my days are pretty full. This is what my day looked like today: Woke up, got the kids fed, lunches made, biked to school to drop off kids, came home and make a smoothie/ate breakfast – Then headed to the beach to work for the day, got a short quality swim workout in, watched the sunset and then came  home to tuck the kids in and talk about their day.

  1.  2015 was an amazing year for you for SUP – What was your best race result and why?

On the international level I would say The Gorge was my best performance because I was racing the top women in the world and placed 4th in the technical race and 6th in the distance race.  Another race that I did well at and was a highlight for me was the Maui Jim Oceanfest in Maui, Hawaii. The event has all the water sports that I have competed in over my life: swim, sup, prone, outrigger and surfski. I ended up placing 2nd in the Waterwomen race and 3rd overall after 10 ocean events.

  1.  What are your SUP Goals for 2016?

My goal at the moment is to get my body back to racing shape. I have been recovering from an injury and have taken the last 2 months off paddling to recover. My ultimate goal would be to get back into racing form by August and get back into the top 10 in the world rankings

  1. You have a chance to win your third Queen of Kalamalka Title – what do you think you have to do to win this year?

The Kalamalka Classic race is one we always look forward to every year. It is such a family friendly event and love coming up to visit my folks and race at the same time.  I hope to have the training behind me this year to keep my “Queen” title.

  1.  Who would you like to thank (sponsors, supporters, family, etc)

My family, friends, Trident sports (Starboard), Maui Jim Sunglasses, Great Bear Bites, Nicole Fournier (My amazing physiotherapist and friend).

  1.  Best training advice?

I have such a full schedule that I use a lot of the local races to get some good quality training in. I also like to mix my paddling training up with some quality swim workouts.  I love Trail repeats for a short quality workout and they always get my heart rate up fast. Gary and I also remind each other that “A rest day is a training day”.

  1.  What do you want to be when you grow up?

An Archer “My Mom always told me to shoot for the stars”

Shannon Bell, 2016

Meet the King and Queen


An amazing day on the lake for the Kalamalka Crossing culminated in the crowing of 4 new winners.  Jason Bennett and Shannon Bell of Vancouver captured the King and Queen of Kalamalka while Mia Wheatley-Maltais (Comox) and Jeffrey Spencer (Hawaii) took the honours in the Junior division.

See Kalamalka Crossing Results here:

See Eagle Dash Results here:

Kids Zone and Keiki Holo Race


Got kids and wondering what’s in it for them?  The Kal Classic is even more kid-friendly than ever.  More than 40 kids were part of the Keiki Holo last year and we’re expecting even more this year.

All kids 13 & Under and welcome to be a part of the action.  A short pre-race clinic will be hosted by Lina Augaitis followed by the KeikiHolo Kids race where the emphasis is on sportspersonship and good times – Having won the Kal Classic 4 times, Lina will get the kids stoked about SUP and ready for action.

Kids Clinic: Approx 1pm
Keiki Holo Kids Race: Following the Wiki Holo Qualifying Heats

*New Events Added

  • Kids colouring contest – by Donation to SPKL (See below)
  • Face Painting
  • Bracelet Making
  • Treasure Hunt

Under the main Tent –  Kids are treated to an afternoon of creative fun.  All Colouring Contest entrants are entered into the draw for a FREE Paddleboard (donated by Kalavida Surf Shop).  Their entries are combined with the kids who enter the kids paddleboard clinic and fun race.

This event is by donation (recommended $5.00) with proceeds g0ing to support SPKL (Society for the Protection of Kalamalka Lake)


Junior Queen and King Titles Added


Lina Augaitis of Vancouver and Stuart Robinson of Comox are the reigning Queen and King of Kalamalka.  Will they return to defend their crowns?

This year, we are proud to announce the addition of a Junior Queen (Princess just sounds wierd) and Junior King titles to the overall awards.  Ages 14-18yrs (day of the event) are eligible.  More details to follow.


Contact Us:

Sponsorship: Kevin O'Brien
Kalamalka Lake Dock